The first few holes can set the tone for the entire round. It is something we all know. You can make the most out of every day by having a great warm-up routine. You will also have a process and structure to help you stay focused during a big game.
This article will cover an excellent routine for golf practice. You can adapt it to your needs and facilities, but it’s worth spending time creating it. It is a great way to improve your scores by just one or three shots.
Warm up your golf driving range [15 min]
Next, we need to warm up and figure out where the little white golf ball is going today. It is how I approach it – you can adapt it to your specific needs.
- Five balls PW – no target, just warming up with pitching swings
- Five balls PW – aim to reach the 100-yard sign
- Five balls 8-iron – aim to hit the 150-yard mark
- 5-iron 5 balls – Aim to bounce and hit 200 yards sign
- Three balls 3-wood – aim through the 15-yard gap
- Three balls driver – aim through 15 yards gap
- Practice your 1st Tee Shot – Take 1-3 shots
It gives me the confidence to move forward, knowing I can hit any shot I need. It helps me to think about accuracy and distance control. Although I don’t often hit the targets, it helps me prepare for when I do. You can change the targets and clubs to suit your game.
It is not a practice session to improve your golf swing technique. It is about getting warm and figuring out how to hit it today.
Warm up for a short game [5-10 minutes]
You will feel confident and comfortable playing the shots on the course by having a great pitching and chipping warm-up. You can start with a small chip 8-10 yards from the green. Then, hit 5-10 chips to try and hole each shot. It will help you become more targeted.
Next, choose 2 – 3 key shots to practice. Take this example:
- 15-yard chip from the rough
- Run and bump 30 yards
- 10-yard bunker shot
These shots can be adjusted based on your course.
Warm-up (5-7 – 10 Minutes)
Your putting warm-up should have two main goals: building confidence and speeding up the greens. It is impossible to consistently miss tricky putts between 6-8 feet. It is why I recommend that amateurs warm up.
Take a putt of 2-3 feet and hit ten balls toward the back. After you have holed ten putts successfully, go back to the original position and attempt 2-3 more shots from 4,6,8, or 10 feet. It will allow you to control your pace and keep track of the line. Keep going with the previous 2-3 attempts. Choose a few putts between 15 and 40 feet to see how close each ball can be. To improve your speed control, you can try your next attempt.
Warm up for golf [2 – 3 Minutes]
It is often overlooked, but it is so crucial for performance. You should know your ideal score before you start the round. It is essential to have a solid course management strategy. Now, you can focus on hitting great shots all game.
This warm-up will help you to improve your swing thoughts and keep your eyes on each part of your game. Avoid standing on the first hole and thinking, “What am I doing again?” You don’t have to worry; we’ve all been there.
- The critical swing thought/focus to the long game is “x.”
- The key swing thought/direction to chipping/pitching is “x.”
- The key swing thought/focus to put is ‘x.’
Focus on your target, your ball flight, or a mechanical swing thought. Make sure your thoughts are clear and simple before you get on the first tee.
Summary: Golf heats up
It is the perfect warm-up for maximizing your score. This warm-up takes about 30 minutes and is great for prepping for competitions. For those days when life gets in the way, you can create an express version.
My version includes 1 minute of golf stretching, five balls with an eight-iron, 1 with a driver, and three chips from 10 yards. It is much shorter, but it is still the same process: get warm, understand my ball flight, dial in chips and putts, and keep my focus on each part of the game.
I hope this has been of some use to you. For more information about the best exercises for golf, click this link. To learn more about creating an annual training plan,
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